Dr. Shankar Krishnapillai


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Dr. Shankar Krishnapillai is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras). He obtained his bachelors degree (BTech) in Mechanical Engineering from College of Engineering, Trivandrum (Kerala University) in 1988. He holds a Doctorate (DPhil) from the University of Oxford, UK in 1996 in the area of structural dynamics. Thereafter he has worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center, USA and held a teaching position at the Faculty of Engineering at the National University of Singapore.

His current research interests include Structural Vibrations, Machine Design, Optimization Methods, System Identification, and Socially Relevant Technology.


Awards & Honors

  1. Felix Fellowship at Oxford University (1992).
  2. US Academy of Sciences NRC Fellowship at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston (1996).
  3. Endeavour Executive Award (Australian Government) as a visiting fellow at RMIT University (2008).


Selected Publications

  1. P.Nandakumar, K.Shankar, “Multiple crack damage detection of structures using the two crack transfer matrix”, Structural Health Monitoring (2014).DOI 10.1177/ 1475921714532993
  2. P.Nandakumar, K.Shankar “Structural Identification using Consistent Mass Transfer Matrix.”, Int J. of Inverse Problems in Engineering, DOI10.1080/17415977.2013.788246
  3. Cibu K. Varghese, K.Shankar, “Damage identification using combined transient power flow balance and acceleration matching technique”, Structural Control and Health Monitoring (2013) DOI 10.1002/stc.1551
  4. Rajendra Machavaram, K.Shankar, “Joint Damage Identification Using Improved Radial Basis Function Networks in Frequency and Time Domain”, Applied Soft Computing (2013). DOI 10.1016/j.asoc.2013.02.004
  5. P. Kondaiah, K. Shankar and N. Ganesan, “Pyroelectric and pyromagnetic effects on multiphase magneto-electro-elastic cylindrical shell for axisymmetric temperature”, Smart Materials and Structures, (2012). DOI:10.1088/0964-1726/22/2/025007
  6. Roshan Jayachandran, Shankar Krishnapillai ,“ Modeling and optimization of passive and semi-active suspension systems for passenger cars to improve ride comfort and isolate engine vibration”, J. Vibration and Control, doi:10.1177/1077546312445199 (2012)
  7. B.Biju,N.Ganesan,K.Shankar , “Dynamic response of multiphase Magneto-electro-elastic sensors using 3D Magnetic vector potential approach”, IEEE Sensor Journal, DOI: 10.1109/JSEN.2011.2112346 (2011)